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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 2 — Jan. 18, 2010
  • pp: 899–905

Experimental demonstration of optical switching and routing via four-wave mixing spatial shift

Zhiqiang Nie, Huaibin Zheng, Yanpeng Zhang, Yan Zhao, Cuicui Zuo, Changbiao Li, Hong Chang, and Min Xiao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 2, pp. 899-905 (2010)

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We demonstrate the shift characteristics of four-wave mixing (FWM) beam spots which are controlled by the strong laser fields via the large cross-Kerr nonlinearity. The shift distances and directions are determined by the nonlinear dispersions. Based on such spatial displacements of the FWM beams, as well as the probe beam, we experimentally demonstrate spatial optical switching for one beam or multiple optical beams, which can be used for all-optical switching, switching arrays and routers.

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OCIS Codes
(060.1810) Fiber optics and optical communications : Buffers, couplers, routers, switches, and multiplexers
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing
(250.6715) Optoelectronics : Switching

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

Original Manuscript: November 16, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 26, 2009
Published: January 6, 2010

Zhiqiang Nie, Huaibin Zheng, Yanpeng Zhang, Yan Zhao, Cuicui Zuo, Changbiao Li, Hong Chang, and Min Xiao, "Experimental demonstration of optical switching and routing via four-wave mixing spatial shift," Opt. Express 18, 899-905 (2010)

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